Wolves transfer news – Adama Traore returned to Barcelona in the January transfer window and already the club want to secure him on a permanent basis
Barcelona are considering offering midfielder Riqui Puig to Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer as they search for a way to complete a permanent deal for winger Adama Traore.
The Spanish international left Molineux to return to Barcelona, where he came through the famed La Masia academy as a youngster, and he has already impressed under Xavi in La Liga and in the Europa League.
Indeed at the time of writing Traore already has four assists to his name in just seven outings in all competitions, including a couple against Napoli to ensure that Barca progressed into the last 16 of the competition after falling out of the Champions League.
Traore is wanted beyond the end of his loan in Catalonia, a loan which is due to expire at the end of the season, but by president Joan Laporta’s own admission, financing a move for Traore will be difficult come the summer.
“We’d love Adama Traore to stay here, it’s possible – but we’re in difficult financial situation,” he said. “We’ll see at the end of the season.”
Traore has a single year remaining on his Wolves contract in the summer, but the club are thought to be demanding as much as £25m for the player, from any sides who wish to take him off their hands.
Reports in Spain suggest that, to help fund the deal, Barca would be willing to throw in a player as part of the agreement – that player being Puig, a player who interests Wolves.
The 22-year-old was touted as being the long-term successor to Camp Nou legend Andres Iniesta, but he has struggled to break into the starting XI regularly; to date, Puig has made over 50 appearances in all competitions for Barca, but only 10 of those have been league starts.
Wolves are still hoping to retain the services of veteran midfielder and fan favourite Joao Moutinho, who is currently set to leave this summer upon the expiry of his contract.
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